Putin May Address 75th Session of UN General Assembly, Urge Summit of Five Founding Nations
Feb. 12, 2020 (EIRNS)—Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the September United Nations General Assembly, according to Russian government sources who spoke to Kommersant daily, where he will repeat his call for a summit of the leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council: China, Russia, the U.S., France, and the U.K. Citing “informed sources in Russia’s government institutions, the issue [of Putin speaking] is being explored ... [and] there is no doubt that the decision would be positive.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov would only state officially that no decision has been made yet.
“If the Russian leader flies to New York again this year, he is likely to focus not only on the significance of the UN but also on the special role and responsibility of the UN Security Council’s permanent members,” Kommersant reported, according to the TASS press review today. “Speaking at the World Holocaust Forum in late January, Putin suggested holding a meeting of the UN Security Council’s permanent members, stressing that they shoulder special responsibility for the preservation of civilization.”
Putin’s call is working in the same general direction as Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s Jan. 6 proposal for the leaders of Russia, China and the U.S. to meet to start a dialogue on the need for a new international security and economic architecture.
The Kommersant article further cites Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia saying that it would be “difficult to arrange such an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly because of the busy schedules of the participants.” Another possible occasion is the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow in May, that all five have been invited to,
“but Kommersant’s interlocutors do not expect that it will be possible to bring all of them together on that occasion. Moscow is ready to consider other options, given the consent from its partners. So far, the initiative has been backed by China and France, while the U.S. and the U.K. have kept mum on the issue.”